we said before, we found more negative information about Native American mascots. Through this research we also discovered
some very strong postive points. Even though the amount of negatives outweighed the postives, the postive information
was much more substantial then those of the negative information.
Some of the Pros are:
*** The mascots pay homage to Native
*** They display the Native American
culture by dance
*** They keep the names from
the original settlements
*** They keep tradition and identity
*** They honor bravery, courage, and
the fighting skills of Native Americans.
We believe that the
use of Native American mascots is acceptable. Though, with this stance you can not make every one happy, you can make
majority happy. The reality is most people still would like to keep the Native American names, even some Natives themselves
agree that it is OK to keep the names.
We also believe
that keeping these names pays tribute to Native Americans. A good example of this would be the baseball team the Atlanta
Braves. When you think of the word brave, you think courageous and honorable. Without the use of these mascots,
several people would not know Native American tribes. Even though some of the actions and dances of mascots are questionable,
none of them are intended to be used as a mockery of their religious ceremonies. They are not trying to mimic the Navites,
but rather these actions are used in spirit of the game.
In conclusion, we believe that using Native American mascots
should not be discontinued. It would cause alot of problems with supporters of the mascots. In the end the mascots
are not used in a stereotypical or racial way. In fact, the mascots are used in a way to honor Native Americans and to
remember them also.